Cloud Filling Stitch

The cloud filling stitch. The cloud filling stitch.

The cloud filling stitch was traditionally used to fill motifs in crewel work. It is generally carried out in two different colours.

One colour is used for small, evenly spaced  and vertical stitches worked along regular lines. The second thread is used for weaving through opposing stitches along the first and second horizontal lines of stitches, without piercing the ground material. By weaving the second thread again through the second and third line of stitches, a trellis work pattern is created.

The cloud filling stitch is also known as the Mexican stitch.


  • CLAYTON, Mary (2007). The Needlecrafter's Companion. 1001 Stitch Terms and Techniques, London: Collins and Brown, p. 37.
  • EATON, Jan (1986). The Complete Stitch Encyclopedia, Twickenham: Hamlyn Publishing, pp. 69, 71.

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 24th January 2017).



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